40% Helmet wearing, fluorescent 25-40 year old competitive men (who really shouldn't wear lyrca)
30% Bare-headed, i-pod blaring 22-30 year old boys riding at supersonic speeds
15% Cute but worried looking 22-27 year old girls (basket optional)
10% Serene over 50's of either gender ignoring the traffic
4.8% Terrified but bolshy parents with child seats/front boxes - beware, may be armed
0.2% Professional women 30-40 in suits and heels see blog
First off, I'd love to see a race involving that lot and I can only endorse the cry for more mid 30s professional women on the roads (on bikes), not least because this would mean they weren't in their cars, which from a purely carbon emissions reduction point of view would be great.
But where are the missing cycling demographics?
- '40-50's professional male' beating the traffic he used to drive in and 'giving the smile' to everyone he passes.
- 'New courier guy' - I saw this guy coming into our office the other day. There was (alot of) lycra, sweat, imminent itching and utter confusion when he stood in front of the occupants board in the office. Less pedal, more planning next time.
- 'The rusty biked women of Cynnal Cymru' - one of the bikes in our office, ridden by a member of staff, is so rusty I am amazed it moves. This bike, branded by Strongbow Cider for some reason says to fellow road users "I'm rusty, I'm a cider drinker and if I hit your car you have everything to lose". I commend this choice of bike.
- 'Actor-come-sustainability-guru guy' (Rhodri, our Development Manager) who cycles long distances to our office, sometimes hundreds of miles a morning. I know this because he arrives with a fanfare. Rhodri, rather like David Cameron has a car follow him to the office - not because he has papers to carry (that would be ridiculous) but because his bike lock is so heavy he cannot cycle with it, so fair enough.
and as Boris Johnson knows, we all need a bike lock.
I'll let Sustrans pick it up from here Get Cycling folks. You can of course go to the transport section of the Welsh Assembly website and follow the links for cycling, for more information on cycling in Wales.